[Milton-L] memorizing: passages

James Rovira jrovira at drew.edu
Mon Feb 23 17:29:38 EST 2004

Why does the issue have to be so starkly either/or?  Those who have been 
arguing for memorization seem to see it as part of understanding a poem. 
  I don't see the people arguing for memorization as also arguing 
against meaning.  The sound of a poem is not merely a matter of 
aesthetic appreciation -- where inflections are placed in a sentence 
contributes to the meaning of the sentence.

I think it would be better to argue against memorization by trying to 
demonstrate how the practice prohibits the understanding of a poem.


jfleming at sfu.ca wrote:

>Or am I completely wrong?
>Dr. James Dougal Fleming,

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